A breakthrough in the magazine word.
According to the DailyMail, Cond√© Nast has a new editor-in-chief for one of their 18 magazines, and this is the “first time in the company’s¬†100-year history” that a person of color has held that position. ¬†The break-through woman’s name is Keija Minor, and she will be the editor-in-chief¬†of Bride’s Magazine. The former editor-in-chief of the magazine, Anne Fulenwider will be working for Marie Claire.
The article also mentions other racial breakthroughs in the magazine, industry, like Mark Whitaker, the managing editor of CNN worldwide, who was the first African American to lead Newsweek, or Amy DuBois Barnett, who is currently an editor for Ebony, but was one of the first black women to a leading job of a mainstream magazine when she worked for Teen People.
“Keija‚Äôs contribution to Brides over the past several months has been invaluable and will enable her to step seamlessly into the role of editor-in-chief,” says Cond√© Nast¬†editorial¬†director Tom Wallace via mediabistro.com, “she is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion”.
I’m glad that racial barriers are still being broken, even in 2012. With the Obama presidency running for its second term, and Gabby Douglas winning gold, I can’t wait to see what other racial barriers will be broken within the next couple of years!